Founders Devil Dancer | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Devil DancerFounders Devil Dancer

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Triple IPA. Dry-hopped for twenty-six days straight with a combination of 10 hop varieties. 112 actual IBU; although it calculates to over 200!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2004

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Was a dark amber in color with a thick white head. It had a very hoppy smell to it. It tasted just like it smelled and could definitely tell that there was alcohol present.

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft from Mead Hall. Visually looks like an amber, hides the alcohol well. Won't seek it out, but would definitely buy again.

Update: Bottle dated 05/02/16 into a tulip glass. Pours a vibrant amber with a finger of variable density cream-colored head that left a smidge of lacing. Nose was mute. It's got a big taste but it's 'hotter' than I remember when having it on draft. Lowering my taste Smell 4>3.5, 4.25>4, Mouthfeel 4.25>4, and Overall 4.25>4 for an update of 3.91 (previously 4.21).

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good overall beer. $19 for a 4 pack is ridiculous. Good thing I stole that shit ;) well technically I put it in a custom 6er but I digress. It was like a southern tier 2xIPA on steroids. I could've brewed a better triple ipa had I had 10 different hops in my possession. Booze is hidden well though.

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Photo of Bone53
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Im a huge fan of Founders, but this has to be one of the most overpriced beers for the quality that iv had. Very syrupy and not much complexities in aromas or taste. A syrupy, bitter mess. More of a barleywine than IPA. Easily my least favorite Founders beer that i have tried

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Photo of MacMalt
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into IPA glass. The color is a pretty, dark orange honey, with a thick, foamy cream-colored head and thick, attractive lacing. It's a very nice looking beer. Although labeled an IPA, the smell is quite malty, with a sweet caramel, citrus, and a hint of pine. I'm also picking up something sweet (molasses?). It reminds me of Curmudgeon Old Ale. The first taste is a sweet malt with a thick caramel, followed by a slightly hoppy, bitter pine. For an "IPA," there is very little citrus in the taste. Maybe it's this particular bottle, but I can't believe this is 112 IBU's. This is a medium-bodied, nicely carbonated and quite boozy. Overall, this bottle is much less bitter and hoppy than the 2014 I had last year. I understand why many reviewers say it's more of a barleywine than an IPA. I enjoyed it but don't think it's worth its inflated price.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I am kinda' disappointed in this. Sure it is big, bold, hoppy and boozy, but it is one of the DIPA that seems to go closer to a Am. Barley Wine than a classic DIPA, that I know and love.
The hoppiness is largely in the bitterness which is high, but it is quite malty and not just pale malts but quite sweet and rich. And then there is the alcohol, which is readily apparent, warm, rose/perfume like and boozy (not like but boozy). That's not a DIPA. It may be dancing with the devil and the swirling in my head belies that, but I don't think I'll cross into hysteria, mania or criminality. The aroma is medicine like and syrupy.
I can't say there aren't hops, cuz there are. A bit flowery and fruit and then the bitterness kicks in with full "monster" (as my grandson might say).
Flatter, which is good and semi-thick.
Still, lacking refinement and character. Seems like a lot of malt, a lot of hops and a lot of alcohol.

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Photo of ChrisCKrueger
2.9/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't review many beers. But this is one I've saw for way over a year in stores. At basically 25bucks a 4 pack I've always been's one to leave alone. Price doesn't equal greatness, and this beers low ratings are well deserved. Its one of the stickiest cloying offerings you'll ever have. Its a barleywine no doubt, not a triplE IPA. it's a bitter. Complex brew that could be okay other than complete cloying sticki-ness. Its a weird syrup bomb that goes hop strong and bitter until the sticky sets in. More like
a 12 dollar 4 pack than than the Price they ask

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; deep burnt orange in color; less than a 1 finger light tan head that receded quickly to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: sweet malt; alcohol;

T: sweet malt; caramel; booze; light to moderate bitterness builds from mid-palate to the finish; bitterness is long lasting;

M: medium bodied - a little syrupy; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; alcohol is evident - warming, not hot;

O: definitely a sipper;

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 05/04/15

Pours ruby red with fluffy reddish white head. Smell is mostly malt, cereal with old sticky hop aromas. Taste is is big bitter and boozy up front. Piney, sticky, resinous hop flavors, earthy sweet malt backbone. Very hot. I was gifted this bottle and don't know how it was stored. Tastes a bit old, but still servicable as an American barleywine.

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Photo of Oldejoe
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks. Glowing reddish Amber, thin head.
Smell. Peachy, fresh, citric, slightly beery.
Taste. Very mild malts, flat dry finish, definitely to the hoppy side of the scale.
Feel. Substantial, semi-heavy load, slightly tangy, slightly sparkley.
Overall. Good load of ingredients, with a definite lean to the hoppy, dry side. I like the substance, but want a little more mellow maltiness.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: pours a vibrant, clear deep amber with 3/4" white head that recedes slowly. Retention & lacing are quite good.

S: Very deep caramel nuttiness & huge hop undertones.

T: Leads with off-sweet roasted nut & macerated fruit notes. Mid palate is more roasty-toasty nuttiness & hints of citrus peel. Bittering hops are present. Finish is off-sweet as well & lingers with dense resinous hops.

M: Moderate carb & a thick syrupy, yet surprisingly delicate body come together nicely.

O: This may well be one of my new faves.

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Photo of MadCat
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a dark amber color with a short white head that leaves little lacing

Smell: Piney and resinous hops, heavy chewy malts

Taste: More of the piney and resinous hops and thick chewy malts

Feel: Full body and low carbonation

Overall: Not what I would expect from Founders for an IPA. Just seems real messy and not harmonious

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Photo of h4ger
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The color is wonderful. I have not experienced a 12% that is as smooth this...This is heavy but scary smooth. I will go back for more with no question.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a glowing golden copper brown into the glass. A two-finger head of egg-cream beige foam made up of tight bubbles mixed with loose, larger ones slowly collapses, leaving delicate, patchy rings around the glass and a pock-marked cover across the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a vibrant deep sunset red/orange and moderately translucent, with a column of bubbles rising through the center. The color of the beer in the glass is spot-on for its name.

S - Hard rock candy sugars mix with pine resin and mandarin orange hops delivered on a plate of subtle ABV. Dried herbal hops emerge, followed by perfumy floral notes. There's a lot of different hop characteristics floating around in the nose. The nose itself is pretty subdued, and the ABV very tamped down, although it does start to break free as the beer warms in the glass.

T - A foundation of well-toasted malts featuring somewhat dark caramel and butterscotch delivers a cornucopia of hops. Jolly Rancher orange gives way to lots of bitter herbals backed by resin. While the hops certainly dominate, there's enough malt foundation to provide some semblance of balance. In the lingering back-end of the finish, puckering grapefruit citrus appears.

M - Rich and rather dense, with a creamy, almost foamy texture across the tongue that's slick. Plenty of carbonation with a solid, almost thick body. Components are thoroughly integrated, with no ABV burn. Finish is quite dry and of moderate length, with just a trace of the hops lingering.

O - Big hop feature backed by a strong supporting foundation for balance. ABV is remarkably well-hidden, really only showing its strength as it warms the tummy. Definitely a nightcap for those who want a big beer that's all about a variety of hops. Definitely a triple IPA.

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Photo of harrisonpainter
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this fresh on tap during a Founder's tap takeover event at Redemption Alewerks in Indy, and it was DELICIOUS. Has a barleywine feel with a sweetness that balanced out the high ABV nicely.

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Photo of Domvan
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Look - Amber/brown color, medium head
Smell - Malt forward with a hot hoppiness
Taste - This beer is hot, drinks like a barleywine. More malty/sweet than hoppy for me, but I like that
Feel - Medium bodied mouthfeel

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Photo of Austin32
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good beer but just a little too boozy for my taste. Once you start getting over 10% I want a malty chocolaty stout or barley wine. This is definitely worth a try though and I am curious to see what its like after some aging.

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Photo of larryi86
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to garymuchow for sending this
12 oz bottle dated 5/5/15 poured into snifter

A- A slightly hazy reddish amber with a two finger off white head.

S- Earthy/piney hops, some wet grass, caramel malts, cherries, hint of citrus, smells like a really hoppy barelywine.

T- Piney finish, really sweet caramel malts, hint of fruits, faint citrus, alcohol is well hidden, hints of floral/grassy hops.

M- Full body, a little syrupy.

O- This is more on an over hopped barelywine than even a triple IPA. Some where between DFH 120 and Olde School but "low" alcohol. The big plus for this beer is how well hidden the alcohol is hidden.

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Photo of baudcity
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

WOW. This triple hits hard. 2015 batch is very good -but I would put it in category with Dogfishhead 120. Really heavy in total experience, more of a sipping beer.

Actually - this is like the moonshine of beers. You sip it and enjoy, your face numbs, and your body feels weird, and you maybe start to slur in a funny way.

Really awesome adventure. Tried two in a row and I am a heavyweight in alcohol terms - but this is too much - better just sipped all day for a full day buzz and wonderful mouth and body feel

Ill let let the chefs in the audience describe the flavors - I can only say wonderful, glad to be able to buy it locally and one of the joys this summer.

If I was a kindergarten teacher - I would give it five golden stars in large metallica sticker form.

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Photo of Hopportunistic
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance : Pours an ever-so-slightly opaque deep copper color, with tiny but persistent carbonation creating a loose 1/2" off-white head. Minor lacing retention in the glass.

Smell : I get toasted malty goodness, and a slight sense of hop bitterness mixed with a tiny bit of clove. At 12% abv, the alcohol is waving a little flag that says, "Welcome to Boozeville, drop your car keys and your pants, in that order."

Taste : First, there is a heavy malt sweetness not unlike that when cotton candy melts in your mouth, followed by a licorice or anise-tinged bitterness from the hops and a wallop of boozy alcohol at the end. It's bitter, to be sure, but the 'Triple IPA' on the label had me expecting more...something in that department.

Feel : Medium density, with a creamy and slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

Overall : Maybe it's because of the 12% abv, or maybe it's the residual Manos mind-fry, but I'm having a little difficulty fully assessing this one right now. Founder's makes some great brews, and I'm sure this will have both its' fans and detractors, but I kind of think they should have labeled this one a barleywine. I was hoping for something with more complexity in the hops department, but I'm glad I tried it, and I think it's worth giving it a whirl. It would be interesting to taste it again after it aged a year or two to see how it might unfold.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a four-pack at my local Stein's Liquor--I have a feeling I was the first one to see them because I was the one who disrupted the perfect symmetry of the display. The bottled on date says this is just over a month old. Poured at cellar temperature into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a deep copper with about an inch of off-white head that sticks around for a good while, leaving nice lacing on the glass. A bit cloudy, with moderate visible carbonation.

S: Caramel and toasty malts in the nose, along with some nice resinous hops. A bit of spice and earthiness in the mix, as well. A touch of rum-raisin and subtle clear alcohol.

T: A blast of sweet malts and resinous hops right out of the gate. A bit of rum-raisin builds in the middle, with the emphasis on the rum--this one is pretty boozy, but not in an off-putting way. A hint of black licorice and spice in the mix. The pine hop flavor really takes a hold in the middle and into the back--very resinous and bitter, though the sweetness of the malts really do a nice job of keeping this in check. The back end is resinous hop bitter with those sweet malts still lingering on the palate.

F: On the heavier side of medium-bodied. This one has some creaminess to it--very nice level of carbonation. Just a bit on the syrupy side, with some big bitter to close things out.

O: Say what you will about the overrated quality of this beer, it certainly brings it. This is not going to be anyone's staple or session beer (I don't think), but it's certainly not brewed to be. What it is is a very bold IPA that delivers some intense flavors. I highly recommend giving this one a try.

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Photo of MaltyHopster
3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was looking to the release this year as I have loved this beer for years, what a disappointment when I tasted this years batch bottled 05/04/15. This year's recipe seems like a total 180 turn from years past. It was extremely sweet and malty with minimal hopiness at best. I realize that with 12ABV it will an should be a big malty beer but it was totally missing the slap-u-in-the-face piny hop flavor and aroma I loved so much about this beer. I had a case last year, and it tastes much more like the last few bottles I finished nearly a year after they were bottled. Gives me more the characteristics of a Barleywine, not a triple IPA.

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Photo of Chris33
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottles 5/5/15. I have a few more I am going to hold onto and see how they mature. Pretty boozy on this one up front. Big malt back with a little piney undertones

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Photo of agreenman19
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - deep dark opaque ruby. Has the color you'd expect a Flanders red to have. Kinda wimpy lacing.

S - an older bottle, but surprisingly bright! Notes of caramel and booze and a strong fresh pine. Candied raisins and chocolate covered oranges. Strong woodsy oak.

T - booze up front mixed with vanilla oakiness. Tropical buttery lemon hops impart a smooth complex flavor and leave a lasting pithy bitterness.

F - syrupy and full-bodied. Ranks high on the "fun to swish between your teeth" scale.

O - wow, this aged well! The aggressive booze burn and stringent bitterness simmered down to make way for layers of oaky flavor and sweet malty deliciousness. I had this on tap once and it absolutely lit me up and roasted my palate. This is a much more enjoyable experience. I have another 4/2015 bottle that I'm going to let sit another year. Looking forward to it.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L (4.25) - Very nice deep dark amber/red color. Slightly off white head, quite fluffy.
S (4.25) - Good malty and hop aroma. I really want to drink it after smelling it. Which is how this style should be!
T (4.5) - Definitely get the high IBU right off the bat. But not overly bitter and balanced out by a heavy grain bill. I might like a little more sweetness, but that's just been picky. Great tasting IIPA.
F (4) - Nice carb level and fairly easy to drink. Might expect it to be a little "thicker"
O (4.25) - I'm a big fan of this style but not really Founder's beers. But this one is one I'll buy again for sure!

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Founders Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 5,035 ratings.
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